NZ's first ki-o-rahi field opens

New Zealand's first playing field dedicated to the traditional Maori ball game ki-o-rahi was opened at Waitangi last week by Associate Health Minister Tariana Turia. The field, a gift to the people of Aotearoa, was built by Bay of Islands sports club Ki-o-rahi Akotanga Iho with help from supporters in Kaitaia, Taipa and Whangarei. Ki-o-rahi is a fast-moving, full contact sport played on a circular field with a central target (tupu). It has only recently been revived in New Zealand but has been played in France and Italy since World War II, a legacy of the 28th Maori Battalion.

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